Italian Olive Bread

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 12 - 3
    cups flour
  • 2 14
    teaspoons yeast (1 pkg)
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 13
  • 14
    cup butter, room temperature
  • 12
    cup green pimento stuffed olive
  • 12
    cup pitted ripe black olives (or other olive of choice)
  • 1
    egg yolk, beaten
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a mixing bowl, pour 2 cups flour and add the dry ingredients. Stir to blend.
  • Form a well in the flour and pour in the hot water.
  • With a wooden spoon, pull flour into the water to form a batter.
  • Break the eggs and drop into the batter.
  • Vigorously stir the eggs and batter together till the eggs have been absorbed.
  • Cut the butter into 2 or 3 pieces and drop into the mixture.
  • With a wooden spoon or mixer flat beater, mix till the batterlike dough is smooth and silky, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, till the dough is a ball and can be turned out of the bowl onto a floured surface.
  • The dough should not be sticky because of the high fat content of the butter and eggs, but if it is, add sprinkles of flour.
  • Knead by hand or under a dough hook till smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  • Knead with a strong push-turn-fold motion and occasionally lift the dough and throw it back onto the work surface. Be aggressive!
  • First rising:.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and set aside at room temp to rise. (because of its richness, the dough may be slow to rise, but it will double in about 1 1/2 hours - or less if using rapid rise yeast).
  • Shaping:.
  • Drain the olives and mix the green and black together so they can be uniformly scattered over the dough. Set aside.
  • Punch down the dough and turn onto the floured work surface.
  • Pat and push the dough into a 14 inch square.
  • Allow it to relax for 3-4 minutes before scattering the olives.
  • Press the olives lightly into the dough.
  • Roll up the dough as for a jelly roll to enclose the olives and place seam side down on a baking sheet/stone.
  • Tuck the open ends of the dough under to make a smooth surface.
  • Pat the loaf to flatten and shape into an oval about 2 inches thick.
  • Second rising:.
  • Cover the loaf with waxed paper or plastic wrap and leave at room temp till puffy, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 20 minutes before baking.
  • Uncover the loaf and brush with beaten egg yolk.
  • Bake in oven till richly browned, about 45 minutes. (Watch your time, depending on how your oven heats - don't over brown, but bake till the loaf sounds a bit hollow when tapped).
  • Place on a rack and cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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